It’s deer season, and several Monmouth County parks will be closed this month to allow for hunting.
Muzzleloader season began Dec. 2, and Holmdel Park will be closed Dec. 12, 16 and 19, Thompson Park will be closed Dec. 13 and Huber Huber Woods Park will be closed Jan. 10, 17 and 24 when winter bow season begins, according to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The season bag limit is one deer of either sex if a Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit is purchased. However, if the hunter chooses not to purchase the Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit then the bag limit is one antler less deer.
According to Monmouth County, the Board of Recreation Commissioners recognizes that the hunting program, instituted in 2004, is the most efficient and effective means currently available for reducing the population of white-tailed deer at designated county park locations. The board and staff will continue to pursue the implementation of other, non-lethal management methods of the white-tailed deer when suitable options become available.
To get a county hunting license, hunters must obtain a valid NJ hunting license or permit, present a hunting safety education card, provide proof of being at least 18 years old, and pay $20. For more information, call 732-842-4000 ext. 4256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.